If You Could Go Back In Time And Abort Or Nuke The Sacred Fetus Hitler, Would You, Mr. Trump?

 

Screen shot 2016-03-31 at 10.59.33 AMRod Serling: “Imagine a man so thoughtless and empty, devoid of rational thought, whose appeal to millions rested on his moment-to-moment ability to appease those worst madding crowd instincts to the detriment ofScreen shot 2016-03-31 at 11.04.38 AM all mankind.  Then…. picture him as President, a disastrous stop on the previously unimaginable but avoided nuclear journey to….. The Twilight Zone.”

In the heat of the 1988 campaign, Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis was asked the most famous question in the history of presidential debates by Bernard Shaw:

“Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Dukakis answered instantly and smoothly. “No, I don’t, Bernard,” he said. “And I think you know that I’ve opposed the death penalty during all of my life.”

Dukakis had flubbed the answer, showing no emotion, triggering instant analysis by all that he had effectively lost the election right there.  No matter that he was being utterly consistent with his own beliefs; this was no flip-flop or pander.   By the way, Dukakis to this day fully admits he blew it.  Most importantly though, it was an answer to a direct question, posed in such a provocative, unpredictable way that Dukakis’ answer, at minimum, was ice-cold but understandable.  Here it is, in all its sweaty splendor!

In 1988 it was one answer, one time, to one question.  Game, set, match.  This is what has driven so many of us up and over that big, beautiful wall about Donald Trump.  He has blurted out Dukakis-level/elimination-style statements and answers regularly since last June that have been continuously and erroneously predicted to be fatal mistakes.  And that’s not even considering the 120mph barrage of lies on every subject all the time.  We’re all tuned in, by now, that the shock jock, WWE, you’ve-been-screwed-by-politics-as-usual-I’m-the-last-honest-man shtick has worked among a plurality of Republican primary voters.  Need we go through this again?  Megyn Kelly’s menstruation, mocking the disabled NY Times reporter, the Trump Tower In My Pants contest with Marco Rubio, being the Original Barack Obama Birther, his periodic but consistent remarks about wanting to have sex with his daughter Ivanka, the new mommy, the list is endless and grows each day.

This week, having decided he hadn’t yet pushed the electorate and the world over the cliff, Trump went nuclear with both abortion and the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The longtime pro-choice Trump decided a few years ago that a path to the Republican nomination necessitated him switching teams on abortion.  He never gave it much thought, like everything else he appears to do in this campaign, spouting what he thinks is the most rigid, outrageous, definitive position designed to force everyone else to react and respond to his statement, controlling the news cycle once more.  There is no doubt that his answer this week that women who get abortions in Trump’s America are criminals who must be prosecuted for their crime was pure, unadulterated Trump; completely thoughtless, mindless pandering to what he thought would be the right-wingiest thing he could say.  Those women are breaking the law that he would singlehandedly change on Day One or through beautiful Supreme Court Justices who he’ll soon name.  He may as well have said that while “I would never say it’s ok to shoot abortion doctors who kill babies…. I wouldn’t say that…. I’m not condoning it….I can understand why people do it….”  Finally, living up to his pledge to be the greatest uniting president ever, Trump finally brought together the wholly incompatible pro-life and pro-choice movements in condemnation.   The guy who never has made a mistake, never admits he’s wrong, walked it all back within hours with a prepared statement written by his lawyers, who must have Googled the question:  how do we sound like we know what the hell we’re talking about?

“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”

Yea, that sure reads the way Donald Trump speaks, doesn’t it?

I found that as far back as August, Trump broached the subject of the use of nuclear weapons, always reserving the right to use them against ISIS. Here he was on Meet the Press on August 9th, responding to a question about authorizing nukes to combat Islamic extremism:

“Let’s face it, these people are barbarians,” Trump said. “And thanks to Obama’s failed policy in Iraq and Syria, they’re beheading Christians all over the world… Civilian casualties are an unfortunate “reality of war” according to Trump, who justified the use of nuclear weapons saying they “send a clear message to those who conspire against America and her allies.” Mr. Trump said that unlike past and present administrations, he possesses the “moral fortitude to do what must be done” to protect America. “We’re losing to China. We’re losing to Mexico. We will not lose to ISIS,” Trump said.

He has skated by and grown his numbers with this kind of irrational bluster (equating ISIS terrorism with our relationships with Mexico and China).  Unable to keep two thoughts in his pretty little head at once, the last few days he’s moved on from telling us how he’ll rip up the deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program, essentially breaking with the policy of non-proliferation out of disgust that we pay too much to keep the world safe and everybody’s gonna be nuclear someday, so let’s get it on.  How do you deter North Korea and its crazy boy from dropping or lobbing a bomb on South Korea or Japan?  Let them have nuclear weapons too.  It’s only fair!   It’s as if his number one advisor on nuclear weapons is Wayne LaPierre of the NRA.  “The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Country With a Nuke is a Good Country With a Nuke.”  Now everyone is noticing.  Here’s the Vox version:

Donald Trump: make America great again by letting more countries have nukes

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: It has been a U.S. policy for decades to prevent Japan from getting a nuclear weapon.

TRUMP: That might be policy, but maybe…

COOPER: South Korea as well.

TRUMP: Can I be honest are you? Maybe it’s going to have to be time to change, because so many people, you have Pakistan has it, you have China has it. You have so many other countries are now having it.

Can the imagination fathom President Donald Trump in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis?  What will it be like to have a president who literally has a nuclear temper?

‘Total catastrophe’: Experts say Donald Trump’s position on nuclear proliferation would be a disaster says Business Insider

 

My Job Is To Make Sure Trump Is a One-Term President

I fully realize Trump’s use of extremely simple language “we’re gonna win,” “Mexico/China/Everyone is ripping us off,” mixed with his insufferable bragging about himself, his alleged wealth, his unmatched negotiating skills (he’s never, EVER been outwitted), and his nonstop schoolyard victories over all enemies… from the media to his opponents Screen shot 2016-02-19 at 5.21.25 PMand now to the Pope…is working wonderfully for him. I believe the only thing worse than politics as usual is politics as Trump–Conman of Conmen.

The only thing worse than Trump reading a statement (he does it rarely and only when it’s on a subject that demands The Thoughtfulness of a Poet… as in his prepared words on Muslim-banning back in December and this past week attacking the Pope, who, of course, viciously attacked first)… the only thing WORSE is every other moment he’s speaking. Trump’s inability to say things that really make sense on rudimentary examination baffle those of us not in his corner; we can’t believe others are so dumb. But we’ll find out soon if Screen shot 2016-02-20 at 3.11.35 PMthat holds, or if this know-nothing but slick-talking New Yawk proprietor of the Art of the Spiel runs out of ethanol, which, naturally, he became a new, big fan of back in Iowa.

A bully for punching the disabled reporter, the Univision guy who is kicked out of the rally in addition to protesters who are tossed….Trump just remembered this past week how to count again. He decided ahead of the South Carolina primary to attack anything with a billion or more of anything attached to it: Pope Francis of 1.4 billion Catholics, Pope Tim Cook of the Church of Apple—millions of customers & over a billion devices sold, and finally….McDonald’s–I remember as a kid when they finally changed the signs to “billions sold.”

Since Trump is never held down and tortured into admitting he’s a no-nothing, pandering liar… it was great to see him shown here Thursday, by his own mouth, what a fake he is…. via CNN:

Anderson Cooper: “I understand that you’re a big fast food guy as well, that you actually bring fast food to your plane sometimes. When you roll up at McDonald’s, what does Donald Trump order?”
Donald Trump: “The Fish Delight sometimes. [laughter from audience] The Big Macs are great, the Quarter Pounders with cheese.”

Sorry, but before anyone talks of “litmus tests” for Supreme Court nominees…. I’ve got one for presidential nominees: if you call a Screen shot 2016-02-20 at 3.14.26 PMMcDonald’s Filet-o-Fish a “Fish Delight,” you’re fired! YOU are the one whose citizenship I question. What part of the brain did those words come spilling out of? The “two Corinthians” part, I gather.

Do I have to write ALL of Trump’s insults, slurs, and lies in 2016, or just some of them?

Mr. Trump did a pretty good job himself in 2015 making the entire world a verbal free-fire zone, where your mouth operates unencumbered by your brain, simple decency, or financial considerations either personal or political.  Each step plowed ground that would have eliminated anyone else in politics or gotten a normal person fired from their job.  Acting as unrestrained as a 4-year-old child or the Clint Eastwood Gran Torino guy, his initial opening-statement slur against Mexicans… trashing John McCain’s service… attributing Megyn Kelly’s questioning him to menstruation… his ignorant, phony embrace of the Bible… irrationally attacking and mimicking a disabled reporter… lying about seeing Muslims in American on tv celebrating 9/11 then suggesting in various ways they be tracked, spied upon, rounded up and excluded from America…. those are just some A-list infractions that so far, at least, perversely strengthen a Freddy Krueger candidacy within the confines of the Republican Primary Dreamworld.Screen shot 2015-12-31 at 11.46.44 AM

 

Late in December, Mr. Trump, after a moment of deep, deep, self reflection: “If I don’t win, I’ll consider this a total and complete waste of time.”  Want to know what a real waste of time is , Donald?  Any broadcast of one of your early-evening, repetitive, self-absorbed, bragging about your polls, everyone else is a loser, hate-rallies around the country… “I saw love in that room. I see love everywhere I go….“This is great, I love it. I love it. I’ll tell you—you know, I missed—heh, heh. Thank you. Thank you.” … that will eventually end in disappointment for you and your followers.  The only question remaining….are you and your minions willing to accept the inevitable?

Behold the insufferable sights and sounds of factless, free-association Trump boring into the worst instincts of racist, redneck, economically pissed and scared America under the guise of not being politically correct. As if that solves all.  According to North Carolina journalist/blog guy Gary Pierce, “…those are the code words often used by Donald Trump’s supporters. Meaning what? Judging from what Trump says, it must mean, “We like it when he says things that offend people, like women, the handicapped, the poor, Hispanics, Muslims and anybody else we don’t like.” They long for the good old days before “political correctness,” when they could freely insult, belittle and make fun of anybody not like them. They fell in love when Trump claimed that President Obama wasn’t born in America. Which may be the most ignorant and bigoted strain in American politics today. Every age has its bigoted, know-nothing demagogues. George Wallace was the last to run for President. But even Wallace cloaked his bigotry as a fight against a too-powerful federal government. Trump’s ignorance and bigotry come raw. And his supporters like it raw.”

As the year ended and before the first real vote was cast anywhere, Trump declared himself the winner of the Republican nomination.  This freed him up to not have to “waste his time” so much on small fry like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, enabling him to begin his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton.  Threatening virtual proxy political assassination of Hillary via Bill, Trump made one of his very rare (sic) appearances on outside-the-beltway-favorite Fox & Friends December 28, declaring, “If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!”  He then cleverly inoculated himself from criticism when he responded this way to being asked if his affairs would be fair game: “Yes, they would be,” he said in response to a question about his personal “indiscretions” while speaking to reporters aboard his personal plane before a rally in Iowa….Trump didn’t go into specifics, and reporters didn’t follow up on the question,” reports CNN.  How does that work?  Trump brings up the past of a guy who isn’t even on the ballot as a legitimate character issue of the person actually running, but the chicken-s— press will be afraid to go there with him about his affairs, irrespective of his saying that would be ok, for fear of a Trumper Tantrum?

Can you see where this could all lead in 2016?

If the current trend holds, Trump will be out there brandishing, with pride, this famous tabloid cover Screen shot 2015-12-31 at 11.10.25 AMfrom 1990….. gaining him 3 more points in the polls…. and maybe a promise to keep on producing future White House babies into his seventies, like this list of old celebrities whose sperm still gets it done.

 

 

 

 

 

1990… that’s before anyone ever heard of Bill and Hill around the country. In response to Trump playing I Love The Nineties, should we prepare for an update of the Clintons’ 1992 famous “60 Minutes” segment that addressed allegations that Bill had engaged in a 12-year extramarital affair Screen shot 2015-12-31 at 11.34.03 AMwith Gennifer Flowers? “I’m not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” Hillary famously told Steve Kroft. “I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him.”

Which brings us to the beginning of the new year and, so far, the biggest and best cheap shot on this subject Trump can hurl.  He hasn’t done it as of December 31, but there’s plenty of time to get this one in: “Oh my God, did you see this thing with Bill Cosby?  The women, the drugs, the arrest… the lying…. how can that wife of his hang around?…. probably the money… could be the sex!” (not even the slightest hint of irony there, of course)… “they should be locking this guy up for a thousand years, maybe two thousand…. but I gotta tell the truth….. don’t you think, when all is said and done, that they’ve gone after the wrong Bill C?… You’re smart…. you know what I’m sayin!”  I don’t know what’s worse…. the idea that Trump really could say those things…. or that I’m thinking that way, too!

Trump uber-loyal base voters declare Ali and Netanyahu “not one of us.” Add more points to Trump total.

In the past 24 hours, Trump has been smacked down by both Muhammad Ali “I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world….We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.” and the elected leader of Israel, “Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Muslims,” according to a statement issued by the prime minister’s office. Being the arrogant, boastful, I-never-admit-repudiation/defeat, CNN reported: Donald Trump said Thursday that he is postponing his trip to Israel, just a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned his proposal to ban U.S. travel for all Muslims. “I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with @Netanyahu at a later date after I become President of the U.S.,” Trump tweeted. I’m waiting for an official, “NOBODY will be better for THE JEWS than me,” proclamation. This sickening slur from two years ago, of course, notwithstanding. Jon Stewart must have really been mean to him. 

The funny thing is, I couldn’t find one picture of Trump with a yarmulke on. You can locate pictures of every politician wearing one…. I mean EVERYONE. Maybe you can find a photo of Trump. After all, his daughter Ivanka is married to an Orthodox Jew and has converted. I figure that even duct tape or velcro would not work due to the Trump hair issue, therefore even a guy who builds skyscrapers couldn’t overcome THAT adhesive impossibility.  Possibly even beyond the ability of Gorilla Glue….

But, to be fair, Donald does have his passionate fans who must be respected… via Politico:White supremacist groups see Trump bump ‘He has sparked an insurgency,’ Stormfront founder says.

 

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